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2020 National Public Health Week Virtual Events

With colleges and universities across the nation moving to online classes and events this spring, the School of Health Professions and Human Services is marking its 2020 National Public Health Week event series with virtual events that include a Census social media campaign, public health career panel, and engaging discussions about crisis response, entrepreneurship, birth equity, aging, and tele-health.

Signature programming throughout the month of April includes:

Wed., April 1: Census 2020 Social Media Campaign

Filling out the Census this year is one way you can help drive policymaking and shape the future of our country, particularly amid current concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.  In observation of April 1 as Census Day, Hofstra University is launching a 24-hour social media campaign encouraging all members of the Hofstra community to share where they will be counted in the 2020 Census. Participants are encouraged to post on Twitter and/or Instagram and use the hashtag #HofstraVotes, as well as #Census2020 if they would like to join the greater Census conversation on social media. Co-sponsored by the Office of University Relations.  More information.


Tuesday, April 7, 1-2 pm: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Public Health Webinar

Panelists will discuss the dynamics and importance of public health services, why entrepreneurship within the industry is growing, and where the field is heading as we step into a new decade.

Moderator: Dianna Rose, sustainability expert, social entrepreneur, and business owner of Jars of Delight and Her Sustainable Life


Shantay Carter, creator of Women of Integrity Inc.

Alicia James, visionary and president of The P.A.M. Project (Preserve A Mom)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship. Panelist information and registration (all registrants will receive an email with a link to access the webinar). 


Wednesday, April 8, 6-7:30 pm: Delta Omega Public Health Career Panel

Join a panel of six working professionals who will discuss emerging career opportunities in a variety of public health settings.  This event allows attendees to listen, ask questions, and engage with practitioners across core public health disciplines who will provide knowledge, advice, and tools that cannot be acquired through course work and textbooks. Panelist information and registration (all registrants will receive an email with a link to access the event). 


Wednesday, April 15, 5-7 pm: The State of H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Opportunities and Policy Exchange) presents “Closing the Gap on Health Emergencies”

This panel discussion, facilitated by Hon. Kemp Hannon, will feature speakers with expertise in the government, academic, and private sectors and their specific roles during a public health emergency. Panelists will share their views on how professionals from these industries work together during a time of crisis to address the needs of the public. An emphasis on navigating the development and practice of policy during public health emergencies will be a focus of this event. Registration (all registrants will receive an email with a link to access the event).


Anthony Santella, DrPH, MCHES, Associate Professor, Department of Health Professions, School of Health Professions and Human Services

Joshua Moskovitz, MD, MBA, MPH, FACEP, Associate Director of Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein School of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health; Hofstra School of Health Sciences and Human Services

Jacqueline Moline, MD, Vice President, Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, Northwell Health; Chair of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, North Shore University Hospital


Friday, April 17, Noon-2 pm: Birth Equity Concerns during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This virtual panel discussion will analyze the challenges COVID-19 has placed on maintaining birth equity. Topics include the impact of physical isolation and scarcity of healthcare resources on women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Additionally, the implications of recent changes in the availability of perinatal services will be considered. Three experts in the field of perinatal health will provide insight about the nature of these challenges and their influence on perinatal mental, emotional, and physical health. This event will also share information about perinatal resources currently available, and how to go about accessing these resources. Register (all registrants will receive an email with a link to access the event).


Tuesday, April 21, 4:30-6:20 pm: Aging Café

Engage in conversations and interactive activities that address aging. Attendees will observe multiple stations that cover a variety of topics to expand their understanding of aging in a supportive environment, develop skills to promote healthy aging and learn about the resources and initiatives that exist for the older population.  Registration (all registrants will receive an email with a link to access the event). 


Thursday, April 23, 4:30-6:20 pm: Grand Annual Audiology Debate: Pros and Cons of Tele-Audiology 

Tele-health, the use of technology to diagnose and sometimes treat health conditions remotely, has grown in popularity in recent years among both professionals and patients.  Advantages include instant communication with professionals and the ability to reach remote or rural areas that have less access to healthcare facilities. Challenges to implementation include non-uniform protocols of administration and the possibility of misuse by untrained staff. This student-led debate will explore both sides of this important and timely topic. Registration (all registrants will receive an email with a link to access the event). 


All virtual events are free and open to the public with registration. Visit for full details.  While attending a virtual Hofstra National Public Health Week event, please share on social media and use the hashtag #HofNPHW20.

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